should say something about the contents of this new disc. It is certainly
the longest of the discs at 67 minutes and it is probably also the best!
This is due to the fact that the title enabled me to have a greater choice
Dorothy was, of course, Roy's wife. They were married for twenty years before
they died together in 1975. Much of the work that you can hear on this disc
was her own writing. She was also an extraordinary musician and composer.
Her voice! well, you will hear it for yourself. I have included the words
of two of Dorothy's songs, since the combination of a rather old recording
and the extent of the vocal range the she uses, could render some of the
words hard for you to decipher.
Gunther and Kaya Anderson were both students of Alfred Wolfsohn and later,
after his death, went on to become two of Roy Hart's first pupils. It is
of particular interest that in the middle of Kaya's rendition of ‘The
Traveller’ Roy suggests that she "uses a tenor sound" for
one of the characters. Kaya agreed to include Roy's advice in the editing
of her recording. Kaya continues to teach the voice work through out Europe,
but mainly in Italy, where she is greatly loved by her many pupils there.
and Jill Johnson were sisters who studied under Alfred Wolfsohn and who
had already left the work after Alfred's death when I arrived to work with
Roy Hart in 1963. In working on the archives over these last years, notably
on "The Human Voice" and even more so on "Alfred Wolfsohn
- his musical ideas", it has come to my notice that their voices were
exceptional, both in range and in quality of expression. It is not surprising
therefore that they were two of Alfred's leading students. Jenny's rendition
of the "Lift Girl" song shows her vocal capacity clearly. The
song was specially written for her voice by Donald Flanders at a time when
singing was far more classically inclined than it is today, hence the degree
of astonished response from the public attending that live BBC performance.
Silber Harris, Anna Allen and Vivienne Young were all students who worked
with Roy Hart for a number of years before his death. Clara continues to
teach the voice work, mainly at the Centre of the voice here in France.
She has a large local following of French fans who admire her work as a
I would like to take this opportunity to give a special 'thank you' to Clara
Silber Harris, my wife, who not only agreed to record all the introductions
to the tracks in this disc but who has also so consistently helped me through
the many difficult editing decisions that have had to be made while doing
the work, not only on this disc, but also on the other 12 discs that we
have edited together.